fastjet makes Kenya country market #7

fastjet’s Dar es Salaam to Nairobi

Welcome to Nairobi. On arrival of fastjet’s inaugural service from Dar es Salaam, the High Commissioner of the United Republic of Tanzania, John Michael Haule, lead a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially declare the route open. On hand to help him with the proceedings were fastjet’s East Africa airlines GM, Jimmy Kibati, and Director of fastjet Tanzania, Ami Mpungwe. After, a traditional cake cutting ceremomy also took place with Kibati, Mpungwe and Haule being joined by fastjet Managing Partner, Lawrence Masha, and GM Marketing and Business Development, Kenya Airports Authority, William Simbah.

  • fastjet on 11 January launched four services which included its first connection to Kenya, with the airline inaugurating a daily service to Nairobi (NBO) from both Dar es Salaam (DAR) and Kilimanjaro (JRO). “Today’s flights are an important milestone in fastjet’s development and mark a significant achievement for the company. We have been working towards the launch of these routes for some time and are excited to be bringing our proven low-cost model to a new destination,” said Ed Winter, CEO, fastjet. Kenya becomes the seventh country market for fastjet after Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Services on both routes will face direct competition, with Kenya Airways already operating 35 weekly flights between the Kenyan and Tanzanian capitals. “The fact is that competition is good for consumers. It brings choice and it brings air fares down,” says Jimmy Kibati, fastjet GM for East Africa. On the same day, the airline also launched a domestic link between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar (ZNZ), a route which is only 71 kilometres, making it the shortest A320 family operated service. The carrier also launched services to the latter from Johannesburg (JNB). All four routes launched will be operated by the carrier’s A319 fleet and all will face direct competition. See how Nairobi Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
11 Jan Dar es Salaam (DAR) Nairobi (NBO) A319 (7) Kenya Airways (35)
Zanzibar (ZNZ) A319 (12) Coastal Aviation (63), ZanAir (60), Flightlink (35),
Precision Air (14), Tropical Air (2)
Johannesburg (JNB) A319 (7) Mango (2)
Nairobi (NBO) Kilimanjaro (JRO) Precision Air (18), Kenya Airways (10)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 12 January 2016. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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